Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
At the corner of S. Main Street and Ann Arbor - Saline Road.
Close to the Ann Arbor - Saline Rd exit off of I-94.
Is your office handicap accessible?
Yes it is.
There is handicap parking spaces, sidewalk ramps, and a handicap accessible restroom.
Where can I park?
On-site, free parking.
Access to the parking lot is on Main Street.
Do you offer services on a sliding fee scale?
It depends on a number of factors; it's OK to ask.
A limited number of appointments are available at reduced cost.
Requests are considered on an individual basis.
Do you work with children?
No, I don't; to do this well requires specific skills and training.
I have great respect for my colleagues who specialize in treating children, and will make referrals when help is needed. Family therapy often includes children, but the focus is not on treating the child(ren). Rather, the focus is on improving relationships between family members.
How do I know what type of therapy is right for me?
A good clinical assessment includes feedback and recommendations for treatment.
In the course of two to six sessions, enough information is exchanged for me to understand your needs and you to understand my therapeutic style. A good match is needed on both sides. If this isn't the right fit, I can make a referral and recommendations for you find the help you need.
What if I have a crisis and cannot wait for an appointment or phone call?
Please call the numbers below for assistance or go to the nearest emergency room.
For life threatening emergencies, call 911.
For emergency psychiatric help, call:
University of Michigan Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Services: 734 / 936 - 5900
St. Joseph Mercy - Ann Arbor: Mental Health Services 734 / 712 - 2762
What is the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, and clinical social worker?
All three can provide therapy, but training and services provided vary.
A psychiatrist has a medical degree and can prescribe medications; some psychiatrists provide only medication, many provide therapy along with medications.
A psychologist, in addition to therapy, may administer psychological testing for diagnosis or other purposes such as medical treatment, educational planning, or disability determination.
A clinical social worker can provide services in many settings including medical, educational, behavioral health, and community agencies. Social workers can diagnosis and treat mental health conditions with therapy; they do not prescribe or manage medications, or psychological testing.
Fees for Services
(60 minutes) $175
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY SESSION
Standard session (45 to 50 minutes) $140
Extended session (60 to 75 minutes) $165
FAMILY / COUPLES THERAPY SESSION
Standard session (60 to 80 minutes) $175
Major credit cards and debit cards accepted. Paypal accepted.
Aetna: I am on the insurance panel for Aetna, and have had no problems with obtaining coverage for services.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan: There are many varieties of BCBS and most policies cover my services. You can also call the phone number on your insurance card and ask if I am on their provider panel. If your insurance is under a managed care organization (for example Blue Care Network) they do not provide coverage for my services. Out of state BCBS does cover.
Medicare: There are now different versions of Medicare. Traditional Medicare does cover my services. Many Medi-gap and secondary insurance policies cover my services, but not all of them. You may want to call the number on your card and ask if I am a listed provider.
Other: You can call your insurance company (look for phone number for Mental Health / Substance Abuse services on the back of your card) and ask if you have coverage for out of network providers. Usually this requires a higher deductible and lower reimbursement. I can provide you with a receipt for services which you can submit for reimbursement.